Recently I was asked this question: “Why pray? If God knows everything before it happens and also knows the outcome of everything, why bother with prayer?” The truth is, yes, God does know everything, as Jesus says in Matthew 6:8, “Your Father knows what you need before you ask Him.” So why pray?
The answer is found in James 4:8, which says, “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.” Prayer is not to inform God but to draw you to God. It’s like a husband telling his wife, “I love you.” Men, hopefully your wife already knows that! So why does a husbands say that? Because his purpose is not informational, it’s relational. It’s not to inform his wife—no, his purpose is to draw near to his wife. It’s the same with prayer—prayer doesn’t inform God of something He doesn’t know. Rather, prayer draws us near to God.
That is why, when asked by His disciples, “Teach us to pray,” the Lord gave a pattern for prayer that begins with “Father” (Luke 11:2). That is wonderfully relational. And although we can’t fully understand it, we can trust the Lord when He tells us that He does answer our prayers, He encourages us, “ask and you will receive, so that your joy may be made full” (John 16:24).
Proverbs 15:8 says, “The prayer of the upright is His delight.” Your prayer is a delight to God! What an amazing thought. Look to your Father now, saying a quick prayer of love and gratitude for His great compassion to you. And with the psalmist, may you affirm, “It is good for me to draw near to God” (Psalm 73:28).